In striving to be darkly humorous, this novel, about the invasion of Italy during World War II, finds the darkness repeatedly and the humor almost. I first read La pelle (The Skin, available in English translation) decades ago and was deeply affected by its merciless depiction of the misery. Curzio Malaparte and I have a strained and complicated relationship. The Skin is set in war-ruined Naples, in late , at a time when Allied.

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There are scenes in this book I will never forget. Malaparte’s story is still shocking to read today, so I cannot even imagine what an impact it must have had just after the end of the war. Want to Read saving….

Malapaarte the collection of writings Mamma marciapublished posthumously inMalaparte writes about the youth of the post-World War II era with homophobic tones, describing it as effeminate and tending to homosexuality and communism; [14] the same content is expressed in the chapters “The pink meat” and “Children of Adam” of The Skin.

While he spoke, I gazed at a wicker basket on the Poglavnik’s desk. The Skin, by Curzio Malaparte 13 56 Dec 07, It contained a bit of London, a bit of Paris, a bit of Madrid, a bit of Vienna—it was a microcosm of Europe.

Still and all, the man writes well; and reading the book, I was always interested to see what this raconteur would come up with next.


Malaparte is a difficult chap to warm to. I don’t know why he was initially a fascist, but he was too much of a free thinker to be one for long. Thanks for telling us about the problem. One exchange malaprate the book proceeds as such:.


She is a twelve year old girl lying spreadeagled malaprate a mattress in a hovel. We’re told that one of the dead is Christ. On this basis, I want to finish with something positive.

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He later saw he was wrong in supporting fascism. In an essay on his malapqrte well-known book, KaputtDan Hofstader calls Malaparte “an intellectual harlequin and consummate arriviste.

In he took part in Benito Mussolini ‘s March on Rome. These mzlaparte we tend to talk of liberators, but Malaparte is keen malaparre stress that the American and British troops are conquerers.

Their appearance is miserable, their cruelty sad, their courage silent and hopeless. Anyway, I think there is an argument to be made that Malaparte was being deliberately provocative. Curzio Malaparte’s The Skin.

Malaparte extends the great fresco of European society he began in Kaputt. Aug 07, Ubik 2.

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He often appears scathing. Curzio Malaparte stands alone, and has immortalized Naples. He considered Hitler to be a reactionary. Or very tender scenes, like the story of his friendship with the American army officer Jack or his recounting of the death of his beloved dog Febo. Probabimente tutte queste cose insieme. View all 13 comments. You are commenting using your WordPress. The sacred torch of Fascism is not spent! Mussolini’s regime arrested Malaparte again in,and and imprisoned him in Rome’s infamous jail Regina Coeli.


Here he stated that “the problem of the conquest and defense of the State is not a political one Here he plays an Liaison officer as he was in real life to an American colonel Jack Hamiltonthey tour the battle-scarred and comfortless streets of a depraved and ruined Naples, a place where selling out was the cunning and ugly art of survival, mothers would sell their children, children would sell their mothers, whores would not only sell themselves but also beggars in the gutter.

In describing the lives of homosexual men he meets, his is a great malapartee to understand the needs and emotions of others who are merely different in their sexual needs than he is and no more. This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat He has enlarged the art of inventive fiction in more surreal and perverse ways than I ever could have imagined.

In all the literature that derives from the Second World War, there is no other book that so brilliantly or so woundingly present triumphant American innocence against the background of the European experience of destruction and moral collapse. Sin to Book Page.

On the topic of Adolf Hitlerthe book was far more doubtful and critical.